In Memoriam: David G. Cantor, Professor of Mathematics, 1935 – 2012

Professor Emeritus David G. Cantor passed away on November 19, 2012. After completing undergraduate work at the California Institute of Technology in 1956, he received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1960 under the combined direction of Basil Gordon and Ernst Straus. He held an instructorship at Princeton University (1960-62), followed by an Assistant Professor position at the University of Washington (1962-64).

Professor Cantor came to UCLA in 1964 with an appointment in the Department of Mathematics and a courtesy appointment in the Computer Science Department. Over the years he advised a number of Ph.D. students while also contributing greatly to the development of computing capabilities in the Department of Mathematics. He retired from UCLA in 1991 and thereafter was a researcher at the Center for Communications Research in La Jolla, CA.

His distinction in number theory and combinatorics was recognized by a number of awards, including the (honorary) NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1960 and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 1968; and, most recently, by his selection as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

At the time of his passing, he was 77. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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